It’s holiday time! If you’re like us, you will safely be out and about enjoying the festive cocktail creations that our beloved bartenders are putting together for us.

The Elysian Bar (2317 Burgundy St.) has the perfect addition to a holiday gathering. Beverage director Coryn Caspar has extensive experience in American wines and has a few suggestions for us to try – bubbly, reds and rose. These are hand picked for our Drink Up, Nola readers. Enjoy!


1. Roederer Estate Brut – Roederer was founded in Alexander Valley as the California outpost of Champagne Louis Reoderer, which has built upon a centuries-old tradition of fine winemaking. There are many beautiful and graceful wines in their portfolio, so you can pick any of them and feel confident you are choosing a gem.
2. Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs – In 1972, Schramsberg was poured for the historic “Toast to Peace” in Beijing, China. A wine for presidents, refined, graceful and beautiful.


1. Broc Cellars “Got Graps” – a kitchen sink field blend of Carignan, Mission, Valdiguie, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Pfeffer and Zinfandel grapes grown on the North Coast of California.
2. Methode Sauvage “Blood and Flowers” Syrah – Methode Sauvage is a pioneering natural wine project in the “California Alps” that embraces organic chaos, making interesting, layered wines that seek to channel a sense of place with the goal of showcasing California’s diversity.


1. 2020 Anne Amie Rose of Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley – A sexy wine with a gorgeous artistic label and an even more beautiful flavor. It’s dry, layered and complex but still fun, fruity and flirty. It will go with so many dishes or perfect alone. Frankly, pretty much anything Anne Amie does is solid, so if you end up going down the rabbit hole, their pinot noir is great and their whites are killer.


Grande Krewe (2305 Decatur St.) in the Marigny is closing out the year with its final wine and spirits tasting festival. On Saturday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., the elves there will be showcasing popular wines from the year and showing brand new selections. They’ll be pouring 35 different wines and spirits from around the world, so this could be a good time to grab a spirited gift for anyone on your shopping list. There is a $35 dollar fee and space is limited.

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Enjoy these selections and remember our local package stores will also have plenty of bottles for holiday gifts.


If you know of a festive happy hour let us know so we can share it with cocktail lovers everywhere.

Happy Holidays y’all.